The New Ruger LCP Custom—A Better Shooting LC

The Ruger LCP Custom was introduced the day before SHOT Show 2015 at Media Day at the Range. All who had the opportunity to shoot it agreed it is the answer to many of the complaints heard from original LCP owners—most notably the minimalist sights and long double-action trigger pull. Besides those two upgrades, Ruger replaced the plastic guide rod with one that is polished stainless steel. Best of all, these custom features come along without an inflated price tag. The new Ruger LCP Custom sits between the original model and the stainless version at $324.30.


  • Skeletonized aluminum trigger
  • Dovetailed rear sight with photo luminescent front dot
  • Polished stainless steel guide rod
  • Polished sides

rugerlcpcustomSkeletonized Aluminum Trigger

The skeletonized aluminum trigger with red anodized finish is wider than the original LCP’s trigger. This makes shooting the LCP Custom easier while wearing gloves, as well as reducing felt trigger pull by about one pound. Those who had difficulty with the smaller trigger on the original model LCP will find this skeletonized aluminum trigger much more comfortable.


Both of the sights on the Ruger LCP custom have been enlarged, with the front having a glow-in-the-dark photo luminescent dot. The rear sight is drift-adjustable and dovetailed. The sights allow for easier and quicker target acquisition while offering improved accuracy at longer distances.

Polished Stainless Steel Guide Rod

The stainless steel guide rod adds weight to the front of the gun for better control of muzzle rise.


The Ruger LCP Custom has the same lightweight, glass-filled nylon grip frame as the original model, with an alloy steel slide and blued finish. Though the original LCP is easy to conceal, the new Custom has polished sides for a smoother draw from a holster.


The dimensions on Ruger’s new Custom LCP are virtually the same as the original .380 ACP model. It is 0.82-inch wide and weighs 9.75 ounces unloaded. The upgraded sights do add 0.2-inch more to the gun’s height. However, this increased height does not affect holster compatibility. The Ruger LCP Custom will fit existing holsters.

These new, upgraded features on the Custom LCP made this .380 pocket pistol the gun you would have created and has caused many who passed over the handgun to give it another consideration. The trigger and sights give it an entirely new feeling when shooting it, and put it in a different class rather than just a gun to carry as back up. The Ruger LCP Custom .380 ships with one six-round magazine and two floorplates—one flat and one with a finger rest. Extended capacity magazines are available. Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

Ruger LCP Custom
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 2.75 inches
Caliber .380 ACP
Overall Height 3.80 inches
Overall Length 5.16 inches
Overall Width 0.82 inches
Weight Unloaded 9.75 ounces
Sights Photo luminescent front, adjustable dovetail rear
Grip Black polymer
Capacity 15 rounds
Magazine 6 rounds
Frame Glass-filled nylon

What do you think of the new Ruger LCP Custom? Will you give it a shot? Tell us why or why not in the comment section.

Are you indecisive about the Ruger “Elsie” series of handguns? Read more about the LCR, LCP, LC380 and LC9 in these posts

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Comments (38)

  1. While not a fan of the LCP, I am a fan of Ruger’s service. Call them and they will email you a prepaid UPS shipping label.

    I went through this 3x with one of the original LCPs concerning a take-down/recoil pin and pin bores. Ruger replaced the gun twice which required that I pick up the new guns from an FFL and submit new paperwork. None of this cost me more than time.

    Hopefully, you will have better luck with your 2x.


  2. While no fan of the LCP, I am a big fan of Ruger’s service. Call them and they will email you a pre-paid UPS sticker. Send you gun in for repair.

    I went through this 3x w/ the LCP on issues surrounding recoil pin and pin bores. They replaced the gun 2x which required me to pick up the new gun at an FFL and redo paperwork. None of this cost me anything other than time.

    Perhaps you will have better luck w/ you 2x.


  3. I just bought the Ruger .380 Custom last Friday and Saturday headed to the range with 300 rounds of ammo to test fire it. I had 2 problems immediately, first the 2nd & 3rd rounds wouldn’t chamber pretty much for the first 100 rounds I ran through it. I had to manually pull back the slide each time to chamber the round. Rounds 100-150 it was the 6th or 7th round that wouldn’t chamber. Shortly after round 150 the front sight blew off. A check of the Internet found the front sight coming off is apparently a known problem with the Custom. Sounds like something Ruger should have addressed and corrected a long time ago. So I will contact Ruger tomorrow and see what their solution will be. Needless to say I not impressed with the Custom at this point.

    1. Bob, sorry you got a lemon. I have several Rugers and with the exception of a cylinder release issue on an LCR they have all been straight-shooting and reliable. In that instance, they had UPS pick it up and it was back in my hands, repaired, ten days later. Ruger support is really great. I know it takes a little of the air out of the excitement of acquiring a new firearm when it fails to impress, but let Ruger get it fixed, and I don’t think you’ll have any regrets.

  4. I like the sights and trigger pull….if only it would lock back on the last round. Also be aware the front sight screw tends to shoot loose, lost mine after a couple hundred rounds. And Ruger won’t send replacement screw and sight, they want you to send it back for service which I found to be a little ridiculous. I do notice a little trigger bite if you do some extended range shooting, for me the edges on the trigger should have been rounded a little more.

  5. Nate & Thunder,
    Thank u guys so much for ur information, it helped a lot…..I think i’m going to hold off on the Custom.

  6. other than color & thickness, with the holes in it, is the trigger on the LCP Custom the same or any better than the 2nd generation LCP

    1. Jennifer,

      I found the LCP Custom’s trigger to be a bit crisper, and reset felt a bit shorter to me, but that could be subjective. It’s not worse, but overall, I don’t think it is really any better than stock LCP trigger. The wider blade does give a bit more leverage, and that might help the feel for a lot of folks. I don’t care for the in-your-face color of it, but some people might like it. The other features of the Custom make it worth the modest upcharge over a base LCP, but the trigger isn’t really one of them, though it is certainly not worse in any way.

    2. I agree with Nate; it’s a good trigger, and while the reviewer mentioned a perceived trigger pull reduction by about a pound, I think that perception will vary with the shooter. The extra width distributed across the pad of the trigger finger is what creates this. It’s a hammer-fired gun, so that’s part of the pounds-of-pull and isn’t likely to gain any significant reduction in any future models.

  7. I carried a 22 WMR derringer while in port oversea,,,,,, and I can tell you that I would have much preferred a .380 or larger. Although today I carry a Kahr PM9 I will say that today’s .380 premium ammo is effective. It’s the choice of CCW for my daughter – Federal HST in .380. Maybe that’s because her husband carries a 357. ,,,,,,,,,,

    Carrying a .380 wouldn’t bother me, however I can’t say that about a 22 WMR

  8. Traded in an original LCP for the Custom model. The new one will NOT fit a Fobus paddle style holster. The front sight is taller, and the trigger guard is wider.
    Back into the pocket for this guy… for now!

  9. I’m glad to see that Ruger came out with this model. I have one of the Arizona Centennial LCP’s and really like it except for the awful sites. I know, it’s not made to shoot at a distance, but decent sites make a gun much more interesting to practice with at the range. A year or so ago I had a chance to buy an LCP that was modified with sites much like those on this new model. What a difference! I won’t be buying another since I already have one with good sites, but I certainly recommend this model to anyone looking for a small .380.

    1. A late reply John – there are a few .22 WMR semi-autos, the most notable the Kel-Tech PMR 30. That specimen isn’t really small, and hard to come by at manufacturer’s price, but is popular due to its 30 round magazine. However Smith and Wesson offers a very nice 7 round .22 WMR revolver, the Model 351PD, and Ruger has their 6 round LCR in .22 magnum. While no one will openly recommend anything less than .380 for a carry gun, three manufacturers have some pretty hot loads for short barrel .22 WMR, the Winchester PDX, Hornady Critical Defense, and Speer Gold Dot. The FPS shown for these loads are as measured from a short barrel (1.875) and the Hornady in particular offers a low muzzle flash, ideal for night conditions.

  10. There are a couple of the non-custom LCPs in our family. They are so small and light that it’s easy to forget you have one on you. In the new Custom model, all of my major gripes have been taken care of. In the standard models, the trigger pinched the finger and forget about finding the sights especially if you’ve got years on you.

    So, yea, I recommend them with one warning. Heed the ammo warning in the instruction manual. These pistols will not take very hot ammo. The steel stop pin fits into an aluminum housing, and, trust me when I say, they won’t take a diet of much over 960 fpr for long – the pins wear in the bore and come out. My practice ammo is kept down around 900 – 925 fps.. I will say I use Cor-Bon 1050 fps XDPs for carry, and have run just enough through to make sure function is good.

    All this taken into consideration, the LCPs are very easy to carry. If you’re a shorts and T-shirt kinda person, then these are the cat’s meow. Just realize the trade offs that must be paid for such light weight and ease of carry.

    1. Yes, exactly. Like the majority of blow-back operated pistols, the take-down pin fits through the barrel lug and stops the barrel from going all the way to the rear. This allows the ejector to pull back the spent cartridge and eject.

      I almost used take-down pin in my first post, but I wanted to be sure of an accurate description. Sorry for the confusion.

    2. I fed my LCP-Custom at least 400 rounds of every brand of 380ACP available for the past 4 months: Tula steel case; Winchester WB; PPU; and others. Have not had a single misfire or any evidence of takedown pin or barrel wear. I’ll keep looking, but all appears to be fine so far. I did not see any ammo warning in the manual other than “Don’t use ammo marked 380+P”, which is not a problem since SAAMI does not recognize a “380 +P” spec, even though some manufacturers offer 380+P ammo.

      Recoil is snappy, so I recommend using the Hogue Handal rubber grip to soften the recoil regardless of the ammo used.

  11. Just bought an LCP Custom. Like the gun, but mine did not come with a stainless steel guide rod – it is identical to the one on my previous, normal LCP. Not sure why there is a discrepancy here, but thought others might like to know.

  12. Has anyone tried the new custom with a pocket holster? I have concerns with the new front sight snagging.

    1. I just got one, and have noticed some snagging problems in practice draws. But once out, the sites are great and the trigger feels good. I’m considering doing a mild homemade “meltdown” treatment to soften that hard edges on the sites.

    2. I use a Pocket Roo holster with my LCP-Custom, and it works perfectly, no snags. The holster also holds a second mag which acts as a “hook” to keep the holster in place as the gun is drawn. It is a bit tricky to re-holster without pulling the holster out of the pocket a bit, but re-holstering a pocket pistol is secondary as far as I’m concerned. The Pocket Roo allows the LCP-Custom to remain in a perfect position, and it draws smoothly. BTW, I use and strongly recommend using the Hogue Handal rubber grip made for the LCP. Costs about $9 and offers excellent purchase on the firearm, softens the recoil significantly, and makes it easier to draw due to the improved grip.

  13. Robert, this gun is tiny and does not come in 9mm. It is only .380 Auto caliber due to size. Ruger made a larger version of this gun to handle 9mm, which is still very small for a 9mm but is significantly larger than this one. That is called the LC9 (hammer fired, double action only) and newer LC9-S (striker-fired version).

    The 9mm LC9 is plenty small for a concealed carry gun inside or outside the waistband, in a purse (with holster) or in a car glove box. It is a little too big for pocket carry in most kinds of pants, whereas the little LCP mentioned in this article is a perfect pocket gun (but use a pocket holster for trigger protection).

  14. I have the original and would like to have the new upgrade for the trigger upgrade alone. I have the laser and will it fit on the new model? Is there a trade in offer?
    Thank you,

  15. My original model LCP works just fine for what it is… a pocket pistol / belly gun… better than a derringer because you’ll have 7 shots instead of 2. Most standard cars & trucks are about 16-20 feet long. If you are out in public, you will have about that much distance to realize you are in a life threatening situation and react by drawing your weapon. You most likely won’t have time to bring your LCP up to eye level to use the newly designed sights anyway. You will be shooting just as soon as you clear your holster… at waist level. And the LCP isn’t a range gun, you won’t be doing a lot of target practice with it… so the heavier trigger pull isn’t a concern to me. If anything.. it makes pocket carry a little safer. Most people who complain about the trigger pull haven’t carried a revolver… the trigger pull on the LCP isn’t much different than the trigger pull on .357 / .38 spl revolvers police carried for decades.

  16. I saw the new LCP Custom at the Ruger booth during the Safari Club convention in Las Vegas this month. The man in the booth said that the new parts were interchangeable with the old LCP, and that I could contact Ruger to buy the parts. I called Ruger and was told, “no go.” The reason given was that any modification by me would cause a problem with their records of the pistol should I ever need factory service. The LCP Custom is not available in California due to our AG, Kommie Kamala. The Custom is a very big improvement for the LCP, IMHO. A pity that Ruger’s pissing match with California, and vice versa results in bad customer service.

  17. long trigger pull? ya been there. Look at galloway precision for trigger upgrade. did my wife’s lc9 and it’s a big improvement.

  18. So far so good, but I would still like to see it with a stainless steel slide, lock open on the last round and maybe some polishing on the inside trigger workings and feed ramp. Then I’ll buy one for a “BUG”.

  19. These all sound like decent improvements. The mile and a half long trigger pull is what has kept me from buying one. Maybe it’s time to take another look at them.

  20. I have no trouble getting a double tap in a about a 12″ circle at 30 feet with a quick point and shoot with my “old” LCP.

  21. While I agree these are designed as “belly guns” for mostly short range, the LC9s I bought my wife does just fine at 25 yards. Better of course at the 3, 7, and 15 yards but at 25 yards she still hits center mass.

  22. My older LCP shoots fine, as long as you are within 5 feet of your target. Beyond that, you can throw it and hope you hit something.

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